If you upgraded to macOS Catalina and wanted to continue using an old copy of Adobe Photoshop CS5 normally, you're probably out of luck. 32-bit software, like Adobe CS5 products, is not compatible with the newest Apple Mac operating system. Unfortunately, nowadays Adobe wants customers to subscribe to their Creative Cloud (CC) service to continue using their latest and greatest products. Alternatives to common Adobe-related tasks include Affinity Photo and Smile's PDFpenPro.
Carey wanted to mention that a friend of his had a photo of her and her husband at a koy pond. Carey used Pixelmator and Luminar to touch up the photo, and then ordered a print of it from Fracture, a company that prints photos on glass. This is just more evidence that there are good alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.
(Disclaimer: Fracture is a sponsor).
Rita bought a subscription to Adobe Photoshop, but she doesn't want to renew it. Is there an alternative she can use that doesn't require a subscription? Leo says that Adobe Photoshop Elements will give her about 80% of everything Adobe Creative Cloud has. It's only about $80. For most people it's good enough and she doesn't have to renew it every year or month.
Al's iMac is starting to act up and he's thinking of getting a Chromebook. Leo says that before he does, he should take the iMac into the Apple store or call Apple Care and see if there was a recall. Leo had the same problem and they fixed it for free.
Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.
Nan is looking for a laptop to do Photoshop and video editing. Leo says that this will depend on how advanced the video editing is. Many will harness the graphics processor to do most of the heavy lifting, while others will just rely on the computer's own processor to do it. Some laptops don't have a dedicated GPU. Nan will want a higher end laptop, but that also impact battery life.
Gigi can't install Photoshop because her "scratch disks" are full. Fortunately, for Gigi, Photoshop expert Burt Monroy is on hand to help out. It could be pointing to the wrong drive as a default disk. The chatroom found this thread from feedback.photoshop.com. The only solution there would be to install it on a smaller drive, but Leo says she could partition her current drive and install Photoshop to the smaller partition.
What's the best website to learn Photoshop? Leo says that Lynda.com is the best he knows of, but they are a sponsor. Leo also says that Adobe has plenty of tutorials through Creative Cloud, and there's plenty of good books. But for well produced tutorial videos, Lynda is Mark's best bet. It's about $30 a month.
YouTube and Apple's iTunes U are other options.
Charlie and his wife are starting a bakery website, but he's having trouble cleaning up the images he took with his camera phone so they look nice and clean. Leo says that the artifacts he's seeing may be due to low light or highly compressed images. He recommends trying to take photos with a better camera. Or, take the subject out of the image using Photoshop.
Grant has an old computer with Windows XP and he got bit by a virus and lost Photoshop. He'd like to find a cheap photo editing solution to replace it.